exclusive economic zone


Definition of exclusive economic zone

: the area of sea and seabed extending from the shore of a country claiming exclusive rights to it

Examples of exclusive economic zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Arctic coastal nations have submitted proposals to the U.N. to extend their two-hundred-mile exclusive economic zone. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "How 1.5 Degrees Became the Key to Climate Progress," 21 Apr. 2021 The impressive sortie was part of a powerful American response to China’s month-long maritime occupation of a resource-rich reef inside The Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. David Axe, Forbes, "It Took Four Aerial Tankers To Drag Four U.S. Air Force F-16s To The South China Sea—And That’s A Problem," 16 Apr. 2021 By refusing to budge, the large group of boats is effectively controlling access to a wider area that lies inside the Philippines' exclusive economic zone. NBC News, "China tries to wear down its neighbors with pressure tactics," 10 Apr. 2021 The boats are moored at the Whitsun Reef within Manila’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone, and there are fears the Chinese ships may try to claim the reefs. Benjamin Hall, Fox News, "China's paramilitary ships 'swarming' South China Sea reef by the hundreds," 6 Apr. 2021 Thin blue lines indicate each country’s exclusive economic zone, and red patches denote protected areas. W. Wayt Gibbs, Scientific American, "Activists Open an Online Window onto the Global Fishing Fleet," 15 Sep. 2016 Ankara argues that a country’s continental shelf should be measured from its mainland, and that the area south of Kastellorizo -- just a few kilometers off Turkey’s southern coast -- falls within its exclusive economic zone. Sotiris Nikas, Bloomberg.com, "Greece Seeks Arms Embargo, Halt to EU-Turkey Customs Union," 20 Oct. 2020 Just last month, the Trump White House released national strategies to map the Alaska coastline and the U.S. exclusive economic zone, an area bigger than the landmass of all 50 states. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Scientists claim deep-sea mining could forever harm 'pristine' ocean ecosystems," 25 June 2020 Tensions have been high as a Turkish seismic survey ship has searched for natural gas over the last two weeks in an area of the Mediterranean that Greece says is within its exclusive economic zone. Selcan Hacaoglu, Bloomberg.com, "Turkey Seeks to Sideline EU in Maritime Disputes With Greece," 28 Aug. 2020

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Exclusive economic zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusive%20economic%20zone. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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